The Friarage Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital are under the threat of service cuts, including A&E closures. This is because of the so-called ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’ (STPs) They divide the NHS in England into 44 ‘footprints’ which must make cuts in order to access ‘transformation funds’. Essentially, this is a bribe to implement cuts to our already struggling health service.
We have found documents that prove that closures of A&E departments, maternity and stroke units (and many more) are planned. We’ll be adding them to this page.
We vehemently oppose these cuts which will put lives at risk and therefore we are marching between the 8 major hospitals in our Footprint in order to show just how large our footprint is and how dangerously isolated we will become as a result of these savage cuts.
Footprints March for the NHS begins in Northallerton with a meeting with speakers where you can find out how we can defend our hospitals. The meeting is in the Mowbray Suite of the Golden Lion Hotel on the High Street between 10am and 12pm.
The March will then commence from the Friarage Hospital at 12.30 with a walk to Brompton. After that there is no good path, so we will arrange transport to Croft and recommence the march to Darlington Memorial Hospital there.
After Darlington the march visits Bishop Auckland, Shotley Bridge, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, North Tees and then Darlington again.
For a detailed itinerary of the walk and its associated public meetings, please visit www.999nhsnortheast.org
There is a sign up form on the website – please let us know which legs you’re walking.
If we all stand together, we can defend our hospitals. Walk with us!